MOANIN' features 11 new self-produced Mother Superior songs in their classic "heavy soul" style. Half of the album was recorded on analog tape with longtime MS engineer Brian Kehew and the other half was done in a pro tool studio with Chris McClure and mixing engineer Jay Ruston.
All the recording was done in Los Angeles with the exception of some voices and screams on "Jack The Ripper" which were recorded on location in Paris, France.
The music ranges from Thin Lizzy/Kinks/Rolling Stones-style classic rock like "Get That Girl," "Meltdown," "Little Motor Sister" and "forkintheroad" that Mother Superior have become known for and perfected over their last several CDs.
They also tackle high energy power trio garage rock on tracks like "So Over You" and the MC5-ish "A Hole."
This time around, the band also stretch out with some epics like "Devil Wind," the Who-meets-Badfinger sound of "Not For Me To Say" and the funky opening track "This Song Reminds Me Of You."
The CD climaxes with the band's heaviest and scariest track to date called "Jack The Ripper" that features a short but prominent recording of Dave Matthews doing his vocal exercises that Jim recorded backstage when Mother Superior was appearing with Daniel Lanois who was opening for Dave Matthews Band. See if you can find it!!
This CD also marks the recording debut of drummer Matt Tecu, who has been touring with the band for 2 years. The band's sound has remained hard and heavy, but Matt has added a groove that is unique and he has the opportunity to showcase his talents on this new album.
Mother Superior has gained quite a following in Europe and they are aware that their songs are destined to be played at rock festivals and in stadiums there. If there was any "concept" for MOANIN', it was to come up with some solid rock 'n roll anthems and make a CD that was fast, furious and relentless.
ok Eric, hope that makes sense--here's the bio we came up with!
What do musical giants like Daniel Lanois, Henry Rollins, Tony Visconti, Alice Cooper, Sparks, Anthrax, Wayne Kramer, Lemmy, George Clinton, Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age, Meat Loaf and others have in common?
They have all worked with Mother Superior, a Los Angeles based trio made up of guitarist/vocalist Jim Wilson, bassist Marcus Blake and drummer Matt Tecu. In a world where musical acts are hopelessly hyped and just as quickly disposed of, Mother Superior has survived on a reputation as first-class musicians, solid songwriters and they are also in high demand for session work. Many top acts have recorded their songs or used the group itself as a backing band.
They have toured and recorded with Grammy award winning producer/performer DANIEL LANOIS and are currently recording songs with him at his home studio for an upcoming project. Since 1999, Mother Superior also traveled the world with punk rock icon HENRY ROLLINS doing an average of 150 live shows per year and they released CDs as the second incarnation of Rollins Band.
On their own, Mother Superior continuously attracts a strong and devoted following by touring the world. They have built a reputation playing packed clubs and rock festivals and have received rave reviews for their energetic performances. They have achieved notoriety and international acclaim as a solid rock ‘n roll force that Rolling Stone has described like "Led Zeppelin with a full erection, Decca-period Rolling Stones, and early ZZ Top with the fury of the Stooges."
Their latest CD, "Moanin’" features 11 new songs and features a mix of Kinks and Rolling Stones-style classic rockers like "Get That Girl," "Little Motor Sister" and "Meltdown." The CD also features more of what the New York Post called "an enormous musical vocabulary" with the heavy soul sounds of "This Song Reminds Me Of You" and the ambitious and hypnotic "Devil Wind."